We're smack dab in the middle of our 31 Days of Horror celebration, and we're watching a bunch of our all-time faves... which is awesome. What is not awesome is that we're not watching and reviewing the new movies like we normally do.
So, let's spend one of our 31 Days talking about a few new movies that have come our way in recent days.
Wrong Turn 5 is easily the worst in the WT series, and it's sad to see just how bad this movie is on just about every level.
The first Wrong Turn is one of our modern day faves. It' sequels have been pretty bad, though some would say they've been fun none the less. Parts 2 & 3 were cheap sequels that didn't do much for us either way. Part 4, at least, was a blood-soaked good time. With part 5, however, it's officially time for them to stop with this series.
Were the mongoloid cannibals wearing masks this time? Sure looks like they said to hell with FX, and bought some masks at the local Piggly Wiggly to me. The movie felt campy; from its poorly conceived script to the bad acting, all the way down to excessive gore, which somehow felt like it was a parody of itself.
Fans of the Wrong Turn series who just want to see the crazy kill scenes and don't care about anything else will be fine with this new entry. Everyone else will shake their heads in disbelief, and then forget this movie 2 minutes after it ends. If they even make it through the whole thing.
Excision's premise is an interesting one; the film depicts the life of a disturbed and delusional high school student with aspirations of a career in medicine and the extremes to which she goes to earn the approval of her controlling mother. She fantasizes performing surgery on the other students.
Excision is also a pretty film, with some gorgeous dream/fantasy sequences that are filled with all sorts of bloody carnage. It's an impressive little package that delivers a bunch of good things to we, the viewer... and yet, we really didn't care.
I'm going to say that I personally was probably not in the frame of mind I needed to be in to appreciate a movie like Excision; a few minutes into the flick, I said to those around me "Is this a John Waters flick?", and then I popped onto IMDB to check. No, it wasn't one of Waters' crazy oddities... and yet he was in it. Coincidence? Methinks not.
Excision feels like an old school campy cult flick like Heathers, which is normally a good thing in my book, but it just rubbed me the wrong way. I think it's a good flick, and lots of our peeps will like it.
Since I know it's a decent flick even though I didn't care for it, I think a C grade is fair. Middle of the road. One day, I'll re watch this movie when I'm in the right frame of mind, and I'll end liking it. Until then, I hope it gets the love it deserves from elsewhere.
So, the Found Footage sub-genre has finally found Bigfoot, eh? Well, it was only a matter of time, wasn't it?
The Lost Coast Tapes isn't a bad movie, and in fact it has a bunch of good things going for it. The first half hour or so was pretty interesting, and surprisingly the acting was decent. The problem is that for all of the good things that the movie had going for it, it took nearly an hour to get to anything "good." When it finally did, it was shaky cam city up in this bitch! Shaky, dark, blurred, out of focus... that's one of the biggest drawbacks of the FF flicks; they payoff seldom justifies the wait.
It's a shame too, because TLCT had a decent premise, and the ending was kinda neat... even though we couldn't really see it. And it was pretty ambiguous.
I do have to say that I loved the black dude refusing to go into the woods to search for Bigfoot. That was a great scene.
Not a bad flick, but certainly not a real good one, The Lost Coast Tapes is an ambitious movie that throws out too many ideas at us, and then can't manage to follow up on most of them. It's passable for the most part, but if you're already tired of the Found Footage genre in general, then it might not be passable enough for you.